Baltimore Cabbies Blast Horseshoe Casino for Yellow Cab Exclusivity

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Gamblers are free to play any slot they choose once inside Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino. But they have only one cab company to choose from when they leave.  (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Gamblers are free to play any slot they choose once inside Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino. But they have only one cab company to choose from when they leave. (credit: Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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Cabbies Irate Over Exclusive Casino Policy

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BALTIMORE (WNEW) — Some cab drivers in Baltimore are irate that they have barred from picking up passengers at the newly opened Horseshoe Casino.

A small group of drivers protested across the street as the casino swung open its doors for the first time Tuesday night.

The facility exclusively permits Yellow Cab drivers to pick up gamblers at 122,000 square foot building on Russell Street, but bars all other cab companies from doing so. Although the agreement does not apply to dropping off passengers, some drivers say they will think twice before agreeing to take a fare to the casino.

Prior to the casino opening, a small group of drivers left disappointed after meeting with management in hopes of changing the policy.

“We are good enough to bring your customers here, but we can’t take them out,” driver Folarin Folawiyo said.

The drivers say such agreements are commonplace in the city.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Governor Martin O’Malley have turned a blind eye to the issue, according to Folawiyo.

“These people are shut out completely. They cannot feed their family. Sometimes, we don’t even make minimum wage,” he said.

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